• Joseph Reveals Himself Devotional

    Genesis 45:1-3

    Forgiveness is not optional for the Christian. In fact, one of the assumptions of the Lord’s Prayer is that we must be forgiving people if we would dare to ask our Father in heaven to forgive us (Luke 11:4). And we cannot legitimately expect to be forgiven by God if we do not forgive others, for those who do not forgive have not received the Lord’s grace (Mark 11:25; 1 John 4:7–8). Forgive today that person against whom you have been holding a grudge. View Resource

  • The Revelation Devotional

    Genesis 45

    We often long for things to be “just as they were before [fill in the blank] happened” in our relationships with other people. If we are the main offending party, however, we cannot realistically expect this to happen if our tendency is to sweep the offense under the rug without making an effort to make things right. At the same time, we cannot hold the sins of others against them if they show genuine repentance. View Resource

  • Hard Providence Devotional

    Genesis 45:4-8

    John Calvin’s comments on Genesis 45:8 are essential reading for anyone studying God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. There is much we can say about the Lord’s guiltless use of evil men to achieve His good plan, but ultimately, “this method of acting is secret, and far above our understanding.” Do not be surprised if you find this doctrine difficult to understand, and do not expect the Lord to fully explain His good use of human wickedness. View Resource

  • Talking and Weeping Devotional

    Genesis 45:9-15

    Joseph’s weeping in today’s passage shows how he longed once again to experience fellowship with those who wronged him. One of the marks of sanctification is that we long for broken relationships to be restored, and so we must do all we can to extend fellowship even to those who have sinned against us grossly. As others seek your forgiveness, do what you can to assure them your pardon is real and avoid bringing up their past offenses again and again. View Resource

  • Pharaoh’s Blessing Devotional

    Genesis 45:16-20

    In Galatians 6:10 Paul tells us to “do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” If those who bless Abraham’s seed will be blessed (Gen. 12:1–3), then we can expect the Lord to be pleased with us if we show favor to others — especially believers. All of us should seek to serve others. Find a way to meet the needs of others in your church, perhaps through encouraging words or by providing a meal. View Resource

  • Quarreling Forbidden Devotional

    Genesis 45:21–24

    Matthew Henry writes: “We are guilty, truly guilty, and, instead of quarrelling with one another, have a great deal of reason to quarrel with ourselves.” It does us no good to blame the others involved when we must own up to our misdeeds. We should just humbly admit our sin and ask for pardon. Let us also take care not to major on the minors and make relatively minor theological positions a litmus test for fellowship. View Resource

  • Good News for Jacob Devotional

    Genesis 45:25–28

    It is not uncommon to hear people say that they wished they lived during biblical times. Many think that seeing the same mighty acts the saints of old saw would enable them to have stronger faith in the Lord. But we live in a far better situation than the heroes of biblical history did. We have the full canon of Scripture in our possession, a treasure most of them lacked. This inerrant and infallible Word is our most trustworthy guide, and we must not fail to study it. View Resource